Perched at 8,000 feet above sea level, Bomdila is a spectacular town in Arunachal Pradesh owing to its natural beauty. The snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges and lush greenery are what make Bomdila a leading tourist destination. Some of the must visit Buddhist monasteries here include Bomdila Monastery, Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa and Lower Gompa. However, what you must watch out for in Bomdila are its orchid sanctuaries, wildlife sanctuaries and the gorgeous orchards of various fruit trees.
The first one on the list is Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, a park with spectacular scenic beauty, courtesy the deep valleys, rolling hills, meandering rivers and cascading waterfalls that form a part of it. The highlight, however, is the huge variety of orchids found here. Exotic animals such as the red panda and birds such as the pheasant are also commonly spotted here.
Another park worth a visit is the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, offering spectacular scenic beauty owing to its waterfalls, the gorgeous Kameng river and lush greenery. The sanctuary is home to a huge variety of birds like the eagle, hornbill, kingfisher, duck and pheasant. Wildlife found here include the Bengal tiger, langur, Asian elephant, black bear, red panda and over 165 types of butterflies that add colour to the park.
For those who love walking through orchards, Bomdila’s Apple Orchards are a feast to the eyes. They’re at their optimum best in the winters, however, you can buy apples at unbelievably low rates all year long. For a sweeping panoramic view of the city, Bomdila View Point and R.R. Hill are two glorious attractions.
To take back home local souvenirs such as hand-woven carpets, carpets with dragon designs, traditional masks and wall-hangings, pay a visit to the Craft Centre And Ethnographic Museum.
A trip to the Tipi Orchidarium is a must; it is home to over 50,000 orchid varieties including some of the rarest species. New hybrid varieties are also regularly created by the scientists in the orchid research centre here.